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By Kerry Grens | November 1, 2015

Low doses of environmental chemicals can make animals gain weight. Whether they do the same to humans is a thorny issue.


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A Complex Disorder

By Stephen D. Hursting, Ciara H. O’Flanagan, and Laura W. Bowers | November 1, 2015

Factors that likely contribute to obesity include disruptions to intercellular signaling, increased inflammation, and changes to the gut microbiome.  


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Bile Benefits

By Ruth Williams | November 1, 2015

Diverting the bile duct around a long stretch of the small intestine could treat obesity without cutting out chunks of the digestive tract.


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Fat Factors

By Kerry Grens | November 1, 2015

A mouse's exposure to certain environmental chemicals can lead the animal—and its offspring and grandoffspring—to be overweight.

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Warming Up to Brown Fat

By Kerry Grens | October 8, 2015

Scientists know how to turn on these fat-combusting cells. Can these energy burners be used to combat obesity?


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Neuronal Connection Between Fat and the Brain Visualized

By Anna Azvolinsky | September 24, 2015

Researchers pinpoint the neurons within white fat tissue that mediate brain-bound leptin signaling and eventual fat breakdown.


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Dopamine Distress and Obesity

By Karen Zusi | September 14, 2015

A genetic predisposition toward learning poorly from negative outcomes may influence behaviors leading to weight gain, a study shows.


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Bear Study Breaks Down

By Kerry Grens | September 2, 2015

Authors retract a paper on grizzlies’ metabolism after finding one person made up data.

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How Fats Influence the Microbiome

By Kate Yandell | August 27, 2015

Mice fed a diet high in saturated fat show shifts in their gut microbes and develop obesity-related inflammation.

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Irisin Redeemed

By Anna Azvolinsky | August 13, 2015

Researchers who first identified irisin quantitate levels of the hormone in human blood and show it is released during exercise.  


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